Free Activities for Families Affected by the North Bay Fires

October 14, 2017

California Academy of SciencesThe California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate park is offering free admission to families affected by the North Bay fires through this Sunday.

Many of our readers live in Sonoma County, and we're heartbroken at the destruction from the fires raging there right now. With many Sonoma and Napa families evacuated from their homes, and many families in Marin hosting them (we're one of them!), everyone is by now looking for something to take their minds off the sad situation. Many local museums, indoor play areas, and other attractions are offering free admission for those affected by the fires so families can get out of the smoke and enjoy themselves, recharge, and relax for a while.

Here's a list of places offering free admission to those affected by the North Bay fires. Listings with an asterisk (*) denote indoor spaces where you can get out of the smoke. Most require eligible visitors to check in at the admission desk when visiting. Follow the links in the titles for more information.

North Bay

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch, Santa Rosa

Free general admission and 10% off pumpkins.

McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma

Free unlimited activity wristbands and lunch through Sunday, October 15. Proceeds will go to fire relief.

Rebounderz, Rohnert Park*

The indoor play structure for children ages 0–10 will be open free of charge October 14 and 15, and Rebounderz will provide free movies, water, wi-fi for affected families.

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito*

Free admission. Some programs have been moved inside.

Love 2 Dance, Novato

Free dance party of Saturday, October 14, 1–4 pm, with dancing, bounce house, face painting, piñata, and fun.

San Francisco

de Young Museum*

Free admission through Sunday, October 15, to all visitors.

California Academy of Sciences*

Free admission for those who live in areas currently under a state of emergency through Sunday, October 15.

Exploratorium*

Free admission for anyone directly affected by the fires through Sunday, October 15.

San Francisco Zoo

Free admission if you live in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, or Mendocino Counties and have been evacuated or are in a shelter because of the fires, through Sunday, October 15.

East Bay

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley*

Free admission for North Bay residents affected by the fires through Sunday, October 15.

Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley*

Free admission for families affected by the fires.

Further Afield

Monterey Bay Aquarium*

Free admission for evacuated family through October 22.